We started out with a 3:30 a.m. pickup by a car service, which was not fun. The flights were pretty easy though, and we landed in Barbados and got to our hotel, the Little Arches, by 2. The staff there were great. They were super friendly and as soon as we got there they ordered us up a complimentary “fruit punch” which was like a non-alcoholic fruit smoothie, and was incredibly delicious. Our room there was awesome. We had our own deck with a private hot tub, couples lounger and bistro set.
The first day full day we were there we went on a catamaran trip. It was so much fun, it might’ve been my favorite part of the entire trip. The boat only had 10 or 12 people on it, and was really comfortable. There were plenty of cushy seats and shade, or you could go out on the front of the boat where the “trampoline” was. (They call it that, but you’re not supposed to jump on it, it’s just for lounging.) We made 3 snorkeling stops during the trip. At each one the water was great. The first we got out and swum over a shipwreck, and one of the guides fed piranha fish. They just swamp up to eat and didn’t bother us. The next stop the guide brought food again, but this time to feed sea turtles. All of sudden tons of sea turtles were swimming around us, and letting us touch them. It was so amazing. On our last stop we had lunch, which was absolutely delicious. The crew served us so much food I can’t remember it all. We had bbq chicken, fried flying fish, pasta salad, fruit, bread, and other stuff I can’t remember.
After lunch we swam off the boat. The water was great – slightly cool but warm when you got used to, turquoise, and fairly shallow. We were close enough to swim to shore, and the sand was perfect. A few pieces of coral, but not rocky or filled with shells.
We spent the next two days with a rental car exploring Barbados. The island is pretty small, but the windy roads and rotaries make it take a while to get anywhere. We went to the very northern tip of the island to see what they call the Animal Flower Cave. The caves are in the side of a cliff and had great views. The name comes from the “animal flowers” which are actually what they call sea anemones, which we only saw a couple of.
We also went to the Barbados wildlife refuge and saw big turtles, green monkeys, peacocks and even an alligator. All the animals there just wander around, Matt even fed a turtle. From there were drove to a lookout point where we could see miles and miles. We saw a really cool beach in the distance so we decided to try to find it. After some windy roads with great views, a dirt road and a 10 minute walk we did manage to make it to the beach. A few pictures later and we were off.
We drove down the east coast to Bathsheba, which is famous for their surfing and giant rocks on the beach. It’s very dangerous to swim there, but had some really cool tide pools and was very pretty.
After that we went back to the hotel to try change and go to the famous Oistins fish fry. Oistins was the town right next to us, and every Friday night they have a big party with tons of food vendors and live music. So we walked over and there were tons and tons of people. The food there was amazing, we had big plates of grilled shrimp, grilled flying fish and all the typical Bajan sides – rice and beans, fried plantains and fried breadfruit. After a long day we went back to the hotel to enjoy our hot tub and some dessert via room service :).
The next day we went to an interesting place called the Flower Forest. It was really pretty and had great views, but it freaked me out because there were giant millipedes all over the pathways.
Then we headed over to Mullins beach for some lounging, swimming and lunch.
Then back at the hotel for more swimming on the roof deck pool, overlooking the ocean.
The next day we lounged a bit until it was time to head to the airport for St. Lucia!